Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade

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Sunderland VLB (or Roker VLB as it once was) was formed in 1877. Throughout the years the team has been involved in the saving of over 800 lives using the Breeches buoy apparatus. Perhaps the most memorable was the grounding of the Adelfotis II where the Brigade assisted in the rescue of 23 Greek seamen shipwrecked in a 50mph gale and heavy seas.

Now open to the public on Sunday afternoons, Sunderland VLB are proud to display a wide collection of maritime artefacts to the public and preserve the proud seafaring history of Sunderland.

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site, Association or society, Gallery, Archive, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

The Watch House is open to the public every Sunday from 06/03/2016 between midday and 4pm.

School visits and entry at other times may be arranged by contacting the Brigade.

Admission charges

Free Entry

Additional info

Access to the building is via two small concrete steps at the main door.

Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade
The Watch House
Pier View
Tyne and Wear




0191 529 2651


0191 529 2651

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